Santiago Vasquez

Santiago Vasquez

BELTON — A Bell County judge took the middle road when imposing a prison sentence on an 86-year-old man convicted in May of the murder of his 80-year-old neighbor in Killeen in 2017. The defense attorney for Santiago Vasquez pleaded for the minimum sentence of five years while the state argued for  30 years in prison, according to courtroom proceedings on Thursday.

After considering the pre-sentence investigation, a victim’s impact statement, testimony and arguments, Judge Paul LePak of the 264th Judicial District Court sentenced Vasquez to 14 years in prison, with credit for time served, for the shooting death of John Seth Jr. on May 30, 2017, in the 2800 block of Fishpond Lane.

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